News: Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare to host 'World At War' event

Published 15 March 2017, 16:13

Image courtesy The Helicopter Museum

To celebrate the completion of its three year restoration of the Weston Airfield Control Tower and Pilots Block, The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is hosting a very special weekend. On April 8-9 these historic buildings will be taken back to their hey-day of the 1940s with the construction of a huge World War Two Living History Encampment on the airfield.

“With over 150 period re-enactors, 30 wartime vehicles plus command tents, artillery pieces, gun emplacements and home guard displays this is one of the most ambitious events the museum has ever undertaken” said museum Marketing Assistant, Peter Michallat. “There will be German paratroopers on the prowl, a replica field hospital, a shooting range, wartime espionage tent and also a Vietnam Village on site with the jeeps and weaponry from the Vietnam war. We’ll even have a Lancaster bomber flight simulator for visitors to test fly and uniforms for them to try on during this interactive weekend.”

Veterans from the more recent Falklands and Afghanistan conflicts will be attending the weekend to chat to visitors whilst actor and friend of the museum, Richard Gibson (famous for his portrayal of Herr Flick in 'Allo Allo'), will be signing autographs and posing for photographs. The World at War event has been organised in association with the military charity SSAFA and The Royal British Legion as part of their 2017 Poppy Appeal.

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